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Dr. Cook-Snell at the Poor Peoples Campaign mass rally in Washington DC, June 2022.

Dr. Cook-Snell is a lecturer for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Professional Studies (STEM-PS) department within the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies (DCEPS) at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and serves on the college’s Anti-Racist Leadership Learning Initiative for Equity and Deconstructing Racism & Oppression (Team ALLIED) Committee. Dr. Cook-Snell is a social justice advocate whose research interests are anti-racist instructional design strategies and instructional design for the neurodiverse. He is currently working on a manuscript for submission on Antiracist Instructional Design Strategies based on a research effort on which he was Co-PI.  Dr. Cook-Snell is also working on an OpEd for local news outlets relevant to civic engagement on policy issues for the local community. Dr. Cook-Snell was recently the top awardee of the Old Dominion 2022 John R. Broderick President’s Diversity Award

He lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with his husband their two corgis, Alexander Jack and Atari. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Cook-Snell is continuing his education by pursuing an additional Master of Arts in the Humanities with an emphasis on cultural studies. The program will strengthen his knowledge about critical race theory, queer studies, African studies and other areas in which social justice action and advocacy work needs to take place. The degree will also strengthen his instructional practices and course content in support of Old Dominion University’s and the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The picture above is Dr. Cook-Snell at the 2022 Poor Peoples Campaign mass rally in Washington DC.

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